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MLK Jr. Day of Service meal packaging event to be held Friday, Jan. 29

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – More than 500 student, staff and faculty volunteers will gather on the campus of Austin Peay State University Friday, Jan. 29 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – More than 500 student, staff and faculty volunteers will gather on the campus of Austin Peay State University Friday, Jan. 29 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

In honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., volunteers will do their part to help alleviate hunger in a third-world country with a meal packaging event hosted by the APSU Diversity Committee and Feed My Starving Children. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center.

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding children and adults with hand-packed meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. The meals packed by APSU student volunteers will be shipped to a third-world country.

Last year’s event saw 530 volunteers pack 531 boxes, which provided 114,696 meals for people living in third-world countries.

Volunteers will be needed for one of three shifts during the day: 10 a.m.-noon, 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. Volunteers are also being sought for a Thursday, Jan. 28 setup shift and a teardown shift Friday, following the packaging event.

Students can also participate in a creative response/essay competition as a part of the event. The topic for the competition is “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear,” a famous quote attributed to Dr. King. Three winners will be chosen from both the creative response and essay competitions. Deadline for entries is Jan. 29.

To sign up for the event, visit PEAYLINK at apsu.collegiatelink.net. For more information, visit http://www.apsu.edu/diversity.